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Roll Tide Roll – Cosa Nostra: Dallas

The annual Cosa Nosta trip with my bros was another success.

For those that don’t know, Patty, Andy and I usually try to meet in a different city each year for a weekend. Patrick has also been able to make it on most trips. We always try to plan it around a sporting event.

Previous trips included Chicago (Cubs game), Boston (Fenway Park), New York (New Yankee Stadium), Cincinnati (Great American Ballpark) and Vegas (cause it’s Vegas!).

This year, we decided to meet up in Dallas for the Alabama-Michigan football game at Cowboys Stadium.

The game was of course awesome, except for Andy, who is a Michigan fan. Alabama looks absolutely dominant this year, and to beat Michigan, 41-14, made quite a statement.

By the way, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is awful. The dude was scared to death to run, and when we passed, he was just throwing it deep and praying. If a GM drafts this dude as a QB in April, they need to be fired immediately.

Random note from that game – I ran into my favorite teacher from high school who I haven’t seen in 12 years. What are the chances of that in a 90,000-plus seat stadium? Very cool to see Coach Golliver again.

Some other highlights from the trip:

• Yeh-Peu-Dah rode with me to Dallas and spent the weekend with a friend who lived up there. She saw her first random, “Roll Tide” exchange between me and another fan leaving McDonalds. Needless to say, she’s intrigued by the tradition of Alabama fans.

• Our annual Risk game was entertaining once again. Patrick didn’t agree with my strategy to actually shake things up and attack instead of sitting around fortifying. He was not pleased. Naturally, he proceeded to wipe me out as a result.

It is important to note, that Patrick, Andy and Patty eventually called a draw because it was getting too late. A DRAW! No, juice boxes were not provided afterwards.

• One of my favorite moments was Patrick getting mad at the toll road attendant heading into the DFW Airport.

Patrick was asking why it was more expensive to be at the airport for less than 15 minutes than it was for 15-60 minutes. The guy just looked at him with a blank look and said, “Alabama?”

Patrick, already steamed with the traffic and construction, just yelled, “Roll Tide!” and drove off. Classic!

• We visited the Sixth Floor Museum and the Grassy Knoll. They said no pictures…but I didn’t listen!

• Sunday night, we went to this place called Top Golf. Imagine golf meets darts. Pretty funny idea and apparently one is being built outside of Houston.

• Before we were able to get a spot for the main section of Top Golf, we played mini golf. Despite being eight strokes back, I stormed back to tie Patty and claim a share of victory – and win a few extra bucks.

Here is a short slideshow from the trip.

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Overall it was another fun time with the guys. Next summer – Cosa Nostra: San Francisco.

Mad Ramblings

• I bought the new Killers album, and I must say, I’m disappointed. I love Runaways, and Battle Born and Flesh & Bone are solid songs. However, the rest of the album isn’t what I was hoping for. I guess I was expecting some Killers favs like Dustland Fairytale, When You Were Young and Spaceman. :-\

• Meanwhile, I am enjoying the new Richie Sambora album. He doesn’t have the vocals of Jon Bon Jovi, but the sound is great and there are plenty of good guitar solos. Several of these songs will be on my favorites list.

• So…about that Wisconsin in the title game pick…

• I have no problem with Jay Cutler bumping J’Marcus Webb during the Packers game on Thursday. Why? Because Webb is the worst offensive lineman in the league and constantly gets Cutler killed.

Tim Hasselbeck said Cutler doing that embarrassed Webb. Wanna know what should really embarrass Webb? His fucking play on the field!

I honestly believe, if the Bears cut Webb today, he wouldn’t be picked up by any other team. Ladies and gentlemen, the Chicago Bears’ starting left tackle!

• Speaking of Cutler, this story about an encounter with him at a Chicago bar is awesome. My favorite is the comment at the bottom that said. “He’s an asshole, but he’s our asshole.” So true!

• And finally, your HARO gem of the day:

Summary: Have you ever shaken your baby out of frustration?

Media Outlet: Mommyish.com

Looking to interview mothers who have shaken their baby out of frustration and/or exhaustion. Will absolutely keep you anonymous.

Requirements: Must be a mother who behaved violently towards their infant/child.

• What makes that HARO request so awesome, is there was another one posted immediately afterwards

Summary: Have you ever considered abandoning your baby?

Media Outlet: Mommyish

Looking to interview mothers who have fantasized and perhaps considered abandoning their children. Will absolutely keep you anonymous.

Requirements: Must be a mother who has considered abandoning her baby/children.

Editor’s Notes: Not cool man…not cool!

Bear Down and Keep the Faith!

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About Joshua Buckley

I used to be a Sports Editor. Now I'm the Media Relations Manager at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

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Haven't been to a football game with my dad in more than 10 years. Really excited to get this opportunity today! Seeing the Eighth Wonder of the World with a snow-covered roof was pretty awesome this morning. Cool Ring of Honor celebration for Andre Johnson. Well, this is one way to clear all the inventory you had left over when he left for Indy/retired. Friendly message from the postman that was left on my door. #YouveGotMail #RollTide Great scene at Concord Bridge - free BBQ and supply dropoff for a neighborhood flooded during the storm. #HoustonStrong
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